Barclays Center Tours
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Set on Atlantic Avenue in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn, the Barclays Center is an indoor arena staging top-tier entertainment and sports events. The striking-looking venue hosts the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, the New York Islanders ice hockey team, championship boxing, and concerts by premier music artists.
Opened in 2012, the Barclays Center is one of NYC’s big-draw arenas, hosting international names such as Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, and others. The complex, which seats up to 19,000 depending on the event, also boasts shops, restaurants, and bars.
One of downtown Brooklyn’s most recognizable sights, the Barclays Center is included on most of the Brooklyn routes of New York City hop-on hop-off tours—their buses stop outside. You can also see the arena on Brooklyn tours focused on the borough’s highlights and urban culture. To experience a sports event or concert, book via the Ticketmaster platform on its website or at its box office.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Events at the Barclays Center will appeal to music and sports enthusiasts.
- The center is fully accessible to visitors with mobility, hearing, or sight issues.
- Strollers are not permitted inside the main arena.
- Bags and backpacks are screened on entry, so avoid bringing them to speed up the security process.
- On-site amenities include restaurants, restrooms, phone-charging stations, ATMs, and free Wi-Fi.
How to Get There
Situated at 620 Atlantic Avenue—where the avenue intersects with Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue—the Barclays Center is easy to access via subway: from Manhattan, the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, and R lines serve the Atlantic Terminal station located right beside the entrance. Long Island Railroad (LIRR) trains also run to the Atlantic Terminal just below the venue, and several bus lines stop nearby. Paid parking lots are available in the area—use the ParkWhiz platform on the center’s website to identify locations.
When to Get There
The Barclays Center stages multiple events each year, so visitors time their arrival accordingly. Several Brooklyn Nets’ games are played each month from October to April, as are New York Islanders’ hockey matches. Those driving to the center should allow extra time to negotiate the usually heavy, pre-event traffic.
Star Billings at the Barclays Center
Alongside names such as Streisand and Jay-Z, many of the world’s leading stars have graced the Barclay Center stage, including Beyonce, Madonna, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, and Andrea Bocelli. The venue also hosts WWE wrestling and seasonal family-oriented extravaganzas such as ice shows.
Address: 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217, USA
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Barclays Center
Head off the typical tourist trail, and enjoy a local’s perspective on vibrant Brooklyn, during this half-day, private tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide at your hotel or at a central departure point. Over the course of the next few hours, travel by Subway (own expense) and on foot during a whirlwind tour of the borough’s diverse highlights. Stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, see the scenic brownstones in Brooklyn Heights, explore trendy DUMBO, browse the boutiques in Boerum Hill, and more.
Get an insider’s glimpse into the history of East Coast hip-hop on this Brooklyn music tour. Alongside a local hip-hop artist, you'll travel through the diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn and learn about current and former residents who've left a hip-hop legacy. Cruise by the original homes and hangout of famous rap stars, and see the shooting locations of famous music videos.
You’ve seen it in movies, you’ve heard it in songs, now let us take you on a stroll through the borough known across the globe with a host that's been in the entertainment business for 30 years. Brooklyn has been an iconic symbol of urban American culture for decades, producing some of the country's most talented authors, artists, musicians and writers.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Barclays Center?
The best ways to experience Barclays Center are:
- Private Tour of Brooklyn Neighborhoods by Foot and Subway
- Brooklyn Hip-Hop Tour
- Hello Brooklyn Walking Tour
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